It's no secret that Denver is blessed with an overwhelming amount of music venues, places boasting calendars packed full of local and national acts every night of the week. We wanted to highlight some of the best of the little guys -- venues that can hold crowds under 500 people. There are some old ... More >>
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, who are set to release Hypnotic Eye in July, visit Red Rocks for a two-night stint on Tuesday, September 30 & Wednesday, October 1. Steve Winwood opens both nights. Tickets ($51.50-$127) go on sale on Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. Phantogram returns to the area for a sh ... More >>
Eric Cimino Luca D'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 lucadenver.com Like a lot of kids, Eric Cimino had a grand plan for when he arrived at adulthood. He wanted to be a psychologist, figuring he'd excel because he was the guy everyone hit up for guidance. He even graduated from Northern Arizona ... More >>
Lou Ortiz Los Chingones 2461 Larimer Street 303-295-0686 loschingonesmexican.com This is part two of my interview with Lou Ortiz, executive sous-chef at Los Chingones; part one of our chat ran earlier this week. Most underrated Denver restaurant: Go Fish on Broadway. They make awesome sushi, and ... More >>
Dancing Pines Distillery was one of the first twenty licensed distilleries in Colorado, opening in Loveland and selling its first bottle in September 2010. Now, three years later, husband-and-wife team Kristian and Kimberly Naslund, and partner Chris McNay, distribute their spirits, rum in particula ... More >>
Ben Davison Bistro Vendôme 1420 Larimer Street 303-825-3232 bistrovendome.com This is part two of my interview with Ben Davison, chef de cuisine at Bistro Vendôme; part one of our chat ran yesterday. Most noteworthy meal you've ever eaten: Schwa, in Chicago, was an amazing experience. Chef Mich ... More >>
This week, the Brown Palace is playing host to a three-day conference sponsored by the Inter American Press Association, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of the press in the Americas as a whole. Among the panels taking place as part of the conference, a tri-language mix of Portuguese, ... More >>
Animal Collective is one of the most critically acclaimed and popular bands to come out of the American underground in the past fifteen years. The outfit's true synthesis of the avant-garde with pop and psychedelia has yielded a handful of albums that have had a profound impact on a huge swathe of b ... More >>
"It's an event where we'll be able to ask the public-health, prevention and treatment communities, 'How can we all work together to end the war on drug users and place this issue where it belongs -- within the umbrella of public health, as opposed to addressing it from a criminal-justice standpoint. ... More >>
For those of you lucky enough to be up in the mountains this afternoon for day two of the SnowBall Music Festival gets ready to get underway, you're probably going over the lineup and hatching a plan for what you're going to see today. If so, we've got you covered. We put together a short tipsheet o ... More >>
Kristi Stice used to belt it out when she fronted the Fort Collins-based band Eve's Drop, but after getting a jazz vocal degree at the University of Northern Florida, her approach to singing changed. Her vocals on her debut album, Under the Willow, are much more kindred to Jolie Holland or Madeleine ... More >>
Patrik Landberg Charcoal 43 West Ninth Avenue 303-454-0000 www.charcoaldining.com This is part two of my interview with Patrik Landberg, exec chef of Charcoal. Part one of our conversation ran in this space yesterday. Best thing about cooking in Denver: We're on the cusp of being a bona fide foo ... More >>
Michael Trundle's plate isn't just filled these days. It's overflowing to the point where he's dropping crap everywhere -- but he's dropping it like it's hot. While he's preparing for a trip to the Big Apple next week for the Live4Ever official CMJ showcase, where he'll perform as boyhollow a ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In September, Zac Brown is due at Red Rocks, followed by Jay-Z and Kanye West at the Pepsi Center and Neon Indian at the Bluebird in October. On local radio, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Flashlights and King Mob got some spins. Mea ... More >>
Saturday, March 18 Over the last six years playing SXSW, I've watched the "Denver parties" grow more and more every year. Last night, as the Illegal Pete's Starving Artist Showcase pushed the walls of Peckerheads to the limits with a one in, one out line around the corner, Denver has made ... More >>
Richard Betts's new label: I will not drink bad wineIn June 2008, Richard Betts, one of the handful of Master Sommeliers in the state of Colorado, ended his eight-year run at the Little Nell, saying he was retiring from restaurants forever. Since then, he's moved his base to Boulder, where he ... More >>
Glitch Mob, which released its debut, Drink the Sea, this past spring, is slated to perform at the Fillmore Auditorium on Halloween night, Sunday, October 31. In August, the electronic trio also teamed up with MishkaNYC to release Drink The Sea Part 2: The Mixtape, which can be downloaded her ... More >>
When Josh Friedman's old band, Sleeperhorse, broke up, he figured it was time for a change. So a few months ago, he moved to Prague to teach English, travel and to move his life forward in a positive direction after having a "pretty shitty first half of the year." Unfortunately, a recent internatio ... More >>
John Broening"We'll have head cheese at Olivéa on Friday -- I expect to see you there," summoned the e-mail. The note - short and to the point -- was from John Broening, the executive chef at Duo and Olivéa: the former a restaurant in Highland with a field-to-plate, seasonal approach to foo ... More >>
Late Monday, the Denver Film Society announced that a search was already under way for a new executive director to take the place of Bo Smith, who'd finally been dismissed just two days before. "We are looking for a permanent replacement," DFS board chair David Charmatz told me. "We'll decide as a ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>
In the October 23 issue we posted excerpts of Tom Murphy’s recent conversation with Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz). The quotes used in that piece were taken from the following interview posted after the jump, in which Diplo Mad Decent, his record label and Heaps Decent, a program devoted to underprivile ... More >>
Of the many contributions of the Irish to world culture—from colcannon and those silly snap-brim tweed hats of which my father is so fond to the music of the Pogues and the films of Jim Sheridan—I don’t think anyone would argue with my saying that whiskey is the best. There’s an old Hiberni ... More >>
5.21.07 Edinburgh, Scotland Chief, I wish I could give you a nice tourism round-up from my four-day drive around Scotland, but it's kind of hard to take field notes when you're afraid for your life. Big D established the rules right after him and his son, Little D, scooped me up from the hotel las ... More >>
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